Dodgers Vs. Nationals Recap: Jansen Blows Save, Dodgers Fall In Extras

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Darwin Barney pinch-hit for Frias in the bottom of the sixth and drew a four-pitch walk four straigh. Dee Gordon hit a soft liner to Asdrubal Cabrera that resulted in a double play as he doubled off Barney at first base.
Andre Ethier
Puig followed with a single up the middle, however Gonzalez popped-out to end the inning. J.P. Howell took over in the seventh and allowed a two-out single, but nothing else. Carl Crawford dropped a shallow fly ball into right field that he turned into a one-out double in the bottom of the seventh.

Zimmermann ran fastball up and in on Justin Turner, who argued the ball hit him on his left elbow, however the home plate umpire disagreed. Manager Don Mattingly came out to challenge the call, which was upheld after a review.

Turner and the Dodgers wound up benefitting from their failed challenge as Turner hit a two-run home run to dead center and the Dodgers led 2-0 after seven innings. Brian Wilson entered the game in the eighth and record two strikeouts along with issuing a walk to Denard Span.

After getting his second strikeout, Mattingly went to a double switch that brought in A.J. Ellis and Kenley Jansen to face Werth. Jansen walked Werth to put the tying runs on before getting Desmond to fly out to end the inning.

The Dodgers were unable to provide more run support for Jansen, which wound up costing them as Jansen gave up a game-tying home run to Adam LaRoche. With the go-ahead runner on second base, Span got a single by Adrian Gonzalez to give the Nationals a 3-2 lead.

Pedro Baez retired the lone batter he faced to keep the Dodgers within one run headed to the bottom of the ninth. Rafael Soriano walked pinch-hitter Andre Ethier with one out and then struck out Carl Crawford.

Turner hit a fly ball to right field that Werth appeared to have a read on but dropped, which allowed Ethier to score. The Dodgers loaded the bases with one out in the 10th inning when the Nationals went to lefty Xavier Cedeno.

Cedeno struck out Gonzalez and he then handed the ball to Aaron Barrett. The right-hander got the Nationals out of trouble by striking out Juan Uribe. The Dodgers loaded the bases once again with one out in the 11th and came away empty handed.

The Nationals loaded the bases on Brandon League with one out in the 12th when LaRoche hit a two-RBI single to left field. Tyler Clippard pitched the bottom of the 12th and had the Dodgers down to their final out when Crawford tied the game with a two-run home run.

Desmond reached on an error to leadoff the 14th inning and wound up on third with one out and Harper standing on first base. LaRoche hit a slow roller to shortstop that the Dodgers were unable to complete a double play on and the Nationals took a 6-5 lead.

Cabrera followed with a two-run home run and the Nationals carried an 8-5 lead into the bottom half of the inning. The Dodgers ran out of magic and fell to the Nationals in the rubber match.

By losing Wednesday, the Dodgers dropped their second consecutive series and failed to pick up a game on the San Francisco Giants, who also lost Wednesday.
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  1. Simply put.. Mattingly has been and will continue to be the problem! It’s time the plug is pulled on this guy! He’s at best an American League bench

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